Eastham Information

 
The Town of Eastham is a coastal resort community straddling the arm of Cape Cod. Located on the lower Cape, the town is bounded on only two sides by land, the other two being water, the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Cod Bay. Pre-colonial stands of oak and pine were longago harvested for fuel and shipbuilding and the terrain of the town is now heavily saltmarsh and sand. Dissatisfied with Plymouth, in 1644 the directors of the Colony sent a seven-man delegation to scout Eastham for a new site for the center of government. The decision was not to move, but the seven members of the delegation brought their families and established a new town. The town has several harbors and these and the abundant shellfish are probably what brought these early settlers from the Plymouth Colony. The settlers’ economy was based on agriculture, fishing and salt making, but Eastham’s summer resort history began as early as 1830 when the Methodist Church established a summer camp meeting ground in town. The coming of railroad connections in 1870 stimulated local market gardening and Eastham specialized in cranberries and asparagus for the city markets. Eastham had cod and mackerel fisheries and oysters to ship north. The town’s harbors were not as good as those of other communities in the area, so agriculture remained more important to the town in the 19th century than did maritime trades. Grain production was abundant enough to allow Eastham to export her grain, while industry was never a real factor in the town. Residents note, however, that Swift and Company meatpackers began in Eastham before moving to Chicago. Some original landscapes are still visible in the section of town inside the National Park areas while intensive modern residential growth has taken place in other areas of town.

Town Location

Southeastern Massachusetts, on the forearm of Cape Cod. Bordered by Wellfleet on the north, the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Orleans on the south, and Cape Cod Bay on the west. Eastham is about 25 miles east of Hyannis; 92 miles southeast of Boston; 96 miles east of Providence, Rhode Island; and 273 miles from New York City. Town offices are located at 2500 State Highway, Route 6A, Eastham, MA 02642. The main number is 508-240-5900.

Name Address Telephone Town/Village Description
Anchorage on the Cove 450 State Highway, Route 6 508 255-1442 Eastham Casual waterfront cottages and apartments on Town Cove await. Watch the ever-changing waters from your own private deck, while enjoying your own little corner of Cape Cod. Relax.
Atlantic Oaks Campground 3700 State Highway 6 508-255-1437 Eastham  
Beach Plum Motor Lodge Rt 6 508-255-7668 Eastham  
Blue Dolphin Inn Route 6 508-255-1159 Eastham Moments away from ocean, bay and freshwater beaches, with 6 lovely acres of its own, featuring kid’s play area, large pool, picnic tables & BBQ grills, volleyball, shuffleboard & horseshoe courts, laundry, access to Bike Trail & private patios overlooking wooded courtyard.
Captains Quarters Motel and Conference Center 5000 State Highway, Route 6 508-255-5686 N Eastham Located on the Outer Cape where the natural beauty and its charm is preserved by the national seashore.
Cottage Grove At Eastham 1975 State Hwy 508-255-0500 Eastham  
Cottages Near Cape Cod Bay 3 Quason Court 508-255-8127 N. Eastham  
Cranberry Cottages 785 State Highway 617-312-5417 Eastham  
Dawson's Cottages 415 and 450 North Sunken Meadow Road 860-223-2269 N. Eastham  
Eagle Wing Motel 960 Route 6 508-240-5656 Eastham Extremely clean, guest house accomodations for couples and adults.